“Embracing the Weak, We Embrace Christ”

On August 26, three of our youth—Sydney Fontenot, Lily Marquez, and Drew Wilson—speak on Matthew 18:1-5.

1 At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” 2 He called a child, whom he put among them, 3 and said, “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Whoever becomes humble like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5 Whoever welcomes one such child in my name welcomes me.”

Ancient moralists regularly trotted forth models of heroes and statesmen for their students to imitate; Jesus instead points to a child. More so then than today, children were powerless, without status, and utterly dependent on their parents. Yet we are called to imitate such people of no status, people who recognize our dependence on our Heavenly Father.